Tracy McGrady makes minor league pitching debut

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago we checked in with Tracy McGrady, the retired NBA player who was attempting to begin a second career as a baseball pitcher. The good news? McGrady made the team! The bad news: He made his first start on Saturday.

The thing is, he wasn’t terrible. He was on a tight pitch count, so he only last 1 2/3 innings. But he gave up 2 hits, with 2 walks, 2 earned runs, and a home run. In the video below you can see some of his highlights. One of the hits (around the 21-second mark) is a dribbler that barely gets through the right side of the infield. The other hit, around the 50 second mark, is a bomb to left field that hits the foul pole.

All in all, McGrady looks smooth on the mound. Also worth noting is that the catcher is Roger Clemens‘ son…


VIDEO: McGrady’s debut

3 Comments

  1. MellowMarcus says:

    I’ve seen much worse. Just needs to locate his pitches a little. Not bad. I think the title of the article is a little harsh. It’s not like he gave up 5 runs in an inning.

  2. Michael says:

    Most people wouldn’t even THINK of attempting what Tracy McGrady is doing here. How many people even get to the Minor League? Hats off to Tracy :)